My husband and I stayed at the Fairwinds because of reviews we saw on Trip Advisor and we were very happy we did. It is a small hotel with an intimate setting, and very peaceful, beauftiful surroundings in the little town of Carrbridge. Carrbridge is very close to Aviemore but has a sincere, genuine atmosphere, not row upon row of modern ski shops like Aviemore.
In Carrbridge we felt we were in Scotland, not Mammoth or Aspen (USA ski towns). The hotel and service are exactly as Alison described in a response to a previous review. As we sat at breakfast or dinner, in the dining pavillion, we could see wildlife out the windows (lots of windows)-birds, red squirrels, cotton tails, and geese. My husband especially was excited about the red squirrels on the Giant Sequoia (Wellingtonia, I think it is called there.) We also enjoyed learning more about Scotland from Alison and Lindsay, and appreciated their friendliness and humor. They knew when to leave us alone, and when we were interested in some company. When we needed something they were only a bell ring away.
The rooms were quite nice, but not extravagent. The food was very, very good. The service was excellent as well. The price was reasonable, and for the best deal, email or call Alison or Lindsay. That's what we did and we stayed two nights. After a day of hiking we enjoyed the informal atmosphere, great food, and a walk around town and through the woods and local cemetary. What can I say-we were interested in genealogy. The attention you receive here is much more personal than a big hotel, so if you want to blend in with the crowd and just be a number, a larger hotel would be more to your liking, I suspect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairwinds is a small owner run hotel in the Highland village of Carrbridge at the north end of The Cairngorm National Park. The Hotel and Chalets sit in 7 acres of peaceful, private grounds which are surrounded by mature woodlands and are a haven for wildlife including red squirrels, roe deer and numerous bird species including crossbills. The Hotel offers high quality serviced accommodation in 5 individual bedrooms. Quality toiletries by Arran Aromatics, heavyweight towels, bed linens by Dorma, bottled water and tea/coffee making facilities,ipod docking, TV and free wifi: all are standard within the guest rooms. The 6 self catering chalets are positioned around our private lochan and offer the opportunity for guests to cater for themselves. Carrbridge is ideally situated off the A9, just 6 miles north of Aviemore and 23 miles south of Inverness. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairwinds Hotel Aviemore
- Fairwinds Hotel Carrbridge, Scotland